Holiday Inn Debuts in The Maldives

Holiday Inn has just opened its doors at its first property in the Maldives. The Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives opened on Kandooma Island on the South Male atoll, about a 40-minute speedboat ride away from the Male International Airport.

The 160-room resort has eight categories of villas, including those with garden views and overwater villas. Some villas are equipped with outdoor showers.

Each room comes with iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet. Check out the resort's resident DJs who can program personalized song lists on rental iPods.

Food and beverage options include in-room dining, pool-side dining or the Thai-themed restaurant, The Kitchen, which overlooks Kandooma Channel. The resort also has a 200 plus-bottle wine cellar and a rooftop lounge for enjoying tapas and cocktails.

The resort also features a COMO Shambala Spa, Dive Center and a host of outdoor activities from surf lessons to catamaran trips.